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Arnie Violet is the son of an alcoholic mother and a father who abandoned him at the age of ten. Believing himself unlovable, he lacks self-confidence in everything from work to romance. Then, Arnie meets eighteen-year-old Peter Jordan. Peter is the opposite of Arnie: self-assured, frank, and assertive. There is an instant attraction between them, but warning bells sound in Arnie’s head. His relationships never last long, there is a major age difference between the two men, and most importantly, Peter is his boss’s nephew. With the help of a new friend, Arnie embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns to let go of the past and lean into life.
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𝘝𝘢𝘯𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 ð˜¤ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜µð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜­ð˜ªð˜¬ð˜¢ð˜£ð˜­ð˜¦ ð˜±ð˜³ð˜°ð˜µð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜´ð˜µ ð˜ªð˜¯ ð˜µð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜³ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜§-𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺. ð˜ˆð˜µ 30, ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜ð˜ªð˜°ð˜­ð˜¦ð˜µ ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜¤ð˜¶ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜³, ð˜µð˜ªð˜®ð˜ªð˜¥ ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜¸ð˜°ð˜³ð˜¬ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ “𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥” ð˜ªð˜¯ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜³ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜µð˜ªð˜¤ ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜¢ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ð˜´ð˜©ð˜ªð˜±ð˜´, ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜µð˜ªð˜­ ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜·ð˜ªð˜µð˜¢ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜µð˜° ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜³ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜£ð˜°ð˜´ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜µð˜°ð˜³ð˜­ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜´ ð˜µð˜° ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜µð˜³ð˜°ð˜¥ð˜¶ð˜¤ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜µð˜° ð˜—𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 ð˜‘𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘯, ð˜¢ ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜µð˜¶ð˜³ð˜¦ ð˜¦ð˜ªð˜¨ð˜©ð˜µð˜¦ð˜¦ð˜¯-𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳-𝘰𝘭𝘥 ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜¸ð˜©ð˜°ð˜® ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜´ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜´ð˜µð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜µ ð˜®ð˜¶ð˜µð˜¶ð˜¢ð˜­ ð˜¢ð˜µð˜µð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯—𝘵𝘩𝘦 ð˜µð˜ªð˜µð˜­ð˜¦ ð˜´ð˜¢ð˜ºð˜´ ð˜ªð˜µ ð˜¢ð˜­ð˜­. ð˜–𝘯 ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ ð˜§ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜£ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜µ ð˜´ð˜µð˜¢ð˜³ð˜µð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¢ ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜¢ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ð˜´ð˜©ð˜ªð˜± ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜¢ ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ 12 ð˜ºð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜´ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜«ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜°ð˜³, ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜´ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜®ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜§ ð˜¨ð˜¦ð˜µð˜µð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜·ð˜ªð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜§ð˜°ð˜³ð˜¨ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜¸ ð˜§ð˜³ð˜ªð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜´ð˜©ð˜ªð˜±ð˜´ ð˜µð˜©ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜¶ð˜­ð˜µð˜ªð˜®ð˜¢ð˜µð˜¦ð˜­ð˜º ð˜©ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜± ð˜©ð˜ªð˜® ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜¦ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜µ ð˜µð˜° ð˜µð˜³ð˜¶ð˜­ð˜º ð˜£ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜ªð˜¦ð˜·ð˜¦ ð˜ªð˜¯ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜®ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜§. ð˜™ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜­ð˜­ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜«ð˜°ð˜º ð˜§ð˜°ð˜­ð˜­ð˜°ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜¢ ð˜«ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜³ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜º ð˜µð˜° ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦, ð˜­ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦, ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜¢ ð˜§ð˜¢ð˜®ð˜ªð˜­ð˜º ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜°ð˜¸ð˜¯ ð˜¤ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜ªð˜¯ ð˜µð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨, ð˜¶ð˜±ð˜£ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜µð˜¯ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦ð˜­.

𝘛𝘩𝘦 ð˜´ð˜µð˜°ð˜³ð˜º ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜§ð˜¢ð˜´ð˜µ-𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥 ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜©ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜µð˜¸ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜®ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¢ð˜´ ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜£ð˜¢ð˜µð˜µð˜­ð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜§-𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵𝘴 ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦, ð˜¸ð˜©ð˜ªð˜­ð˜¦ ð˜§ð˜¢ð˜­ð˜­ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜ªð˜¯ ð˜­ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜—𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳, ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ð˜£ð˜°ð˜´ð˜´’𝘴 ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜±ð˜©ð˜¦ð˜¸. ð˜šð˜µð˜³ð˜¶ð˜¨ð˜¨ð˜­ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜¸ ð˜¥ð˜ºð˜¯ð˜¢ð˜®ð˜ªð˜¤ ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜£ð˜¦ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¦ð˜®ð˜£ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜¦ð˜¥ ð˜£ð˜º ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜£ð˜°ð˜´ð˜´’𝘴 ð˜§ð˜¢ð˜®ð˜ªð˜­ð˜º, ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜¯ð˜´ ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦ð˜³ ð˜—𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳’𝘴 ð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜¦, ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜°ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜µð˜³ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜£ð˜­ð˜¦ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜¢ ð˜¸ð˜°ð˜³ð˜¬ð˜±ð˜­ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜³ð˜ªð˜·ð˜¢ð˜­, ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜­ð˜¢ð˜´ð˜µ ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜±ð˜¢ð˜µð˜© ð˜µð˜° ð˜µð˜¢ð˜¬ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜µð˜³ð˜°ð˜­ ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜­ð˜ªð˜§ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜±ð˜°ð˜´ð˜´ð˜ªð˜£ð˜­ð˜º ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜±ð˜±ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜´ð˜´—𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 ð˜ªð˜µ ð˜¢ð˜­ð˜­ ð˜´ð˜­ð˜ªð˜± ð˜µð˜©ð˜³ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜¨ð˜© ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´. ð˜ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜—𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 ð˜¬ð˜¦ð˜¦ð˜±ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜­ð˜ªð˜·ð˜¦ ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ ð˜±ð˜°ð˜´ð˜´ð˜ªð˜£ð˜ªð˜­ð˜ªð˜µð˜º ð˜µð˜©ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜´ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜µð˜©ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜­ð˜¥ ð˜¨ð˜° ð˜¸ð˜³ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¨, ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¸ð˜¦ð˜­ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜µð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜´ð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯. ð˜ˆð˜¤ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜µð˜´ ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦'𝘴 ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜ªð˜­ð˜¥ð˜©ð˜°ð˜°ð˜¥ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜¦ð˜·ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜ºð˜¥ð˜¢ð˜º ð˜³ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜µð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜´—𝘨𝘺𝘮, ð˜šð˜µð˜¢ð˜³ð˜£ð˜¶ð˜¤ð˜¬ð˜´, ð˜­ð˜°ð˜¤ð˜¢ð˜­ ð˜£ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜´, ð˜¥ð˜³ð˜ªð˜·ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜±ð˜°ð˜± ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜° ð˜±ð˜­ð˜¢ð˜ºð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨,𝘢𝘭𝘭 ð˜¯ð˜°ð˜¸ ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜µð˜¦ð˜¥ ð˜£ð˜º ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ “𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵” ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜—𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳’𝘴 ð˜¬ð˜ªð˜´ð˜´—𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 ð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜§ð˜µð˜­ð˜º ð˜¦ð˜´ð˜µð˜¢ð˜£ð˜­ð˜ªð˜´ð˜© ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³ ð˜¸ð˜©ð˜ªð˜­ð˜¦ ð˜¨ð˜ªð˜·ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´ ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜´ð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜µð˜° ð˜³ð˜°ð˜°ð˜µ ð˜§ð˜°ð˜³ð˜ˆð˜³ð˜¯ð˜ªð˜¦’𝘴 ð˜¨ð˜³ð˜°ð˜¸ð˜µð˜©.

𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 ð˜µð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜³ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜¢ ð˜±ð˜¢ð˜¨ð˜¦-𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘳, ð˜ªð˜µ ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜¢ ð˜´ð˜­ð˜°ð˜¸ ð˜£ð˜¶ð˜³ð˜¯ ð˜§ð˜¶ð˜­ð˜­ ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜µð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜´ð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯-𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³ ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜±ð˜­ð˜°ð˜µ ð˜µð˜¸ð˜ªð˜´ð˜µð˜´, ð˜¢ð˜­ð˜­ ð˜´ð˜¦ð˜µ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜·ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜­ð˜º ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜­ ð˜¸ð˜°ð˜³ð˜­ð˜¥ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜­ð˜ªð˜·ð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜£ð˜¶ð˜ªð˜­ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜µð˜° ð˜¢ ð˜´ð˜¢ð˜µð˜ªð˜´ð˜§ð˜ºð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ (𝘺𝘦𝘵 ð˜´ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜¸ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜¶ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜¹ð˜±ð˜¦ð˜¤ð˜µð˜¦ð˜¥) ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜­ð˜¶ð˜´ð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯. ð˜ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜´ ð˜°ð˜§ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³-𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜µð˜¦ð˜®ð˜±ð˜°ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜º ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¤ð˜µð˜ªð˜°ð˜¯ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜µð˜© ð˜´ð˜µð˜³ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜³ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜­ð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜­ð˜­ ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜®ð˜¶ð˜¤ð˜© ð˜©ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜¦ ð˜µð˜° ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜«ð˜°ð˜º. ð˜›ð˜©ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜ªð˜´ ð˜¢ ð˜´ð˜µð˜°ð˜³ð˜º ð˜µð˜©ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜¸ð˜ªð˜­ð˜­ ð˜µð˜¶ð˜¨ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜©ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜µ ð˜´ð˜µð˜³ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜´ð˜±ð˜ªð˜³ð˜¦ ð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´ ð˜µð˜° ð˜«ð˜¶ð˜´ð˜µ "𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯 ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜µð˜°" ð˜µð˜©ð˜¦ ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜±ð˜±ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜´ð˜´ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜­ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦ð˜¥ ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜´ ð˜µð˜©ð˜¢ð˜µ ð˜­ð˜ªð˜§ð˜¦ ð˜¤ð˜¢ð˜¯ ð˜£ð˜³ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨."

𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺: ð˜ˆ ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜®ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¤ð˜©ð˜¢ð˜³ð˜¢ð˜¤ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³-𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 ð˜³ð˜°ð˜®ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜£ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜µ ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¥ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜§ð˜ªð˜¥ð˜¦ð˜¯ð˜¤ð˜¦ ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜¥ ð˜­ð˜°ð˜·ð˜¦.

𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 ð˜§ð˜°ð˜³ ð˜§ð˜¢ð˜¯ð˜´ ð˜°ð˜§: ð˜‘𝘶𝘥𝘦 ð˜šð˜ªð˜¦ð˜³ð˜³ð˜¢’𝘴 ð˜ˆ ð˜›ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜º ð˜—𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦 ð˜°ð˜§ ð˜šð˜°ð˜®ð˜¦ð˜µð˜©ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜Žð˜³ð˜¦ð˜¢ð˜µð˜¦ð˜³, ð˜”𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯 ð˜™ð˜°ð˜¨ð˜¦ð˜³ð˜´’𝘴 ð˜ð˜°ð˜¯ð˜¦ð˜º G𝘪𝘳𝘭.

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Sometimes You Just Know by Bill VanPatten

In Bill VanPatten’s new romance novel, Sometimes You Just Know, we meet the protagonist, Arnie Violet, who has never truly felt confident in himself. With an alcoholic mother who passed away while he was in college and a father who left him at the age of 10, Arnie has never really felt loved or wanted. 

Now, at the age of 30, Arnie finds himself working at advertising and design firm, Bright Ideas, with little to no success in relationships and few friends. But when Arnie meets 18-year-old Peter Jordan, there is an instant attraction between the two of them. Peter is outgoing, self-assured and confident. He is everything that Arnie is not. 

But when he finds out that Peter is his boss’s nephew, alarm bells start to ring in his head and the self-doubt kicks in. “What was it that this 18-year-old really saw in him?” he wonders. Could a relationship between the two seemingly different individuals work?

Overcoming the Past and Learning to “Lean Into It”

Having spent most of his youth caring for his mother, Arnie has not had the time or the best luck with relationships. So when Peter begins to take an interest in him, Arnie is hesitant. After all, there is a large age gap between the two and Peter just so happens to be the nephew of Harold, Arnie’s boss.

When Arnie befriends bartender and former family counselor, Adam, Arnie confides in him about his childhood, his insecurities regarding his job, and his current dilemma with Peter. His anxious thoughts plague him: “My boss. If Peter and I started something and it didn’t work out, don’t you think that would be awkward? Peter’s his nephew. I’d feel awkward at work.”

To this, Adam encourages Arnie to lean into life. “You gotta let go of the past, buddy, and point your head toward the future. Just lean into it,” he says. He reminds Arnie that he is not his parents. He can overcome the past. 

Though it takes Arnie a while to let go of the past and feel comfortable in his relationship with Peter, Arnie is finally able to take Adam’s advice and lean into life. Peter ultimately brings Arnie out of his shell and helps him to find confidence and joy in his life, even when they have their own struggles as a couple.

VanPatten expertly tells the captivating story of Arnie’s journey to self-confidence, finding the value in himself, and meeting people who see the best in him. Adam convinces Arnie to be confident in himself and in the fact that Peter truly does like him. Harold, Arnie’s boss, urges Arnie to be confident in other areas of his life, such as work. When his self-doubt creeps in, Harold is there to remind him that he is a talented designer. If only Arnie can learn to “just lean into it” and trust in his abilities, he will have his friends there to remind him that he is talented. He is loved. He is wanted. 

Lovable and Relatable Characters 

VanPatten writes his characters in such a way that you will not be able to stop yourself from falling in love. From Arnie’s initial shy and awkward personality, to Peter’s outgoing personality, to Harold’s fatherly affection, and Adam’s welcoming nature, there is something to love about every character and the dynamics that are built between them. Sometimes You Just Know reminds us that family can be found. It can be chosen. And some of the most meaningful friendships can be formed in some of the most unlikely places. 

With many heartwarming, awkward, funny, and even heartbreaking moments, Sometimes You Just Know is a rollercoaster of emotions as we follow Arnie on his journey of love and self-discovery.

Indie Reader

A thirty-year-old designer who is unlucky in love learns to let go of the past and embrace life.

Arnie Violet (as in, perhaps, “shrinking violet”) is a thirty-year-old designer for an advertising agency who is terminally single: his longest relationship lasted fifty-three days. When Harold, Arnie’s boss, invites him over for dinner one Friday, he meets Harold’s nephew, Peter, who is eighteen, loves classical music, is described as “handsome” about a dozen times, and flirts with Arnie five seconds after meeting him. Arnie, wary of the age difference–plus battling a few demons from his past–is hesitant, but Peter persists. Will the latter get what he wants? Or will Arnie’s neuroses win out?

In this newest novel by the prolific and award-winning Bill VanPatten, the plot is fizzy and satisfying, and the characters familiar. There is Peter, the Bach-playing, GQ-dressing future med school student. Harold, the too-chummy boss. Harold’s wife, who “runs the household” while her husband is “the breadwinner.” Rachel, the senior designer who has it in for Arnie for no discernible reason. And Arnie himself. Under-confident. Worrywart. Picture an older Charlie Brown who has good taste, speaks Spanish, and happens to be gay (VanPatten neither avoids queerness nor makes it central to the plot, which is what the literary world needs more of). The difference is, everything goes right for Arnie. Good for him that Harold has as many boundaries as The Office’s Michael Scott, which is to say, none at all. In addition to dinner, Harold invites Arnie hiking, assures him Rachel is “not as good as you,” and gives him the agency’s biggest project because he likes him. Good for Arnie also that Peter has the subtlety of David Addison from Moonlighting: “There, under the damask-clothed table, under the better-than-everyday-dinnerware, under the perfectly cooked prime rib and roasted vegetables, Peter’s hand was gently caressing Arnie’s mid-thigh. Then it began finger walking its way toward his pocket.” Dessert hadn’t even been served!

VanPatten is careless with a few details. Arnie admires some porcelain from “Williams and Sonoma,” when the retailer’s name is “Williams Sonoma.” 

Bill VanPatten’s SOMETIMES YOU JUST KNOW is a diverting, uplifting, and satisfying tale of romance and personal redemption.

~Anthony Aycock for IndieReader

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